Lionel Messi has sent a message of comfort to his fellow Barcelona icon Ronaldinho after the ex-Brazil international’s mother passed away due to complications arising from a Covid-19 infection at the age of 71.
Ronaldinho’s mother, Miguelina Eloi Assis dos Santos, was admitted to a Porto Alegre hospital in December after contracting the virus.
The announcement of her death on Sunday led to an outpouring of grief from some of Brazil’s footballing gentry.
The 2005 Ballon d’Or winner, 40, confirmed his mother’s illness in December, saying: “Dear friends, my mother has Covid-19 and we are fighting so that she recovers soon. (RT)